This four-stroke segmented breath will open up your lung capacity to absorb more oxygen which you need for life.* It will give you more patience and tolerance. It gives you the capacity to develop a more effective breath pattern.
Of all the positive changes a person can make, learning to breathe deeply and completely is probably the most effective for developing higher consciousness, and for increasing health, vitality, and connectedness in one's life.
The breath is both gross and subtle. The gross aspect is the blend of oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements that constitute air. The subtle aspect is the prana or vital force that energizes the mind, body, and consciousness.
The quantity, quality, and circulation of the breath creates the foundation of a vital and creative life. It is a barometer of how much energy we normally run on, and how much reserve capacity we have created for emergencies.
Most people do not breathe correctly. Breath signatures that create shallow, erratic, upper-chest breathing are common. The lack of relaxation and well-being on a personal as well as collective level, along with other factors, inhibits proper breathing.
On average, people breath 15 breaths per minute. If you want to have success in life, slow your breathing down to 5 breaths a minute. You live by breath. You die by breath.
Sit in a comfortable position. Focus the eyes at the tip of the nose. Inhale in four
heavy strokes, then exhale in one long stroke.
Continue for 3 – 11 minutes.
This meditation can be found in I am a Woman - Creative, Sacred, Invincible
*This meditation is for healthy people to practice as a support to immune function. It is not for those who already have a viral infection.
This is not intended as medical advice. Please see a qualified physician or health care practitioner.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan